How to upload a file to Google Drive

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If you want an extra level of protection for your data, Google Drive is one of the best options available. Fortunately, uploading files to the storage service is relatively simple.

In this article, we will provide you with all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of your appointment, depending on the device you are using.

As mentioned, uploading files to your Google Drive from an iPhone is quite simple. Here's what you need to do:



  1. Open the Google Drive app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the “+” icon.
  3. Tap "Upload File".
  4. Select 'Photos & Videos' if that's what you want to upload, otherwise hit 'Browse'.
  5. Tap the files you want to select, then tap "Download" to continue.

How to Upload File to Google Drive from Android Device

This instruction applies to all devices using the Android operating system:

  1. Open the Google Drive app.
  2. Tap the “+” icon – in the lower right corner.
  3. Press "Download".
  4. Browse your phone's directory to find the documents you want to download, then select to download.

How to Upload File to Google Drive from PC

The PC method is similar, except you can upload folders from your PC. You will not be able to do this from an iPhone/iPad or Android device.

  1. Open Google Drive on your browser.
  2. Click on the “+ Add” button located in the upper left corner.
  3. Click on “Upload a file”.
  4. Browse your computer's files to select what you need to download.
  5. Click "Open" and the files will be downloaded.

With PCs, there are several ways to do this. You can also simply drag and drop files from your computer to Google Drive:



  1. Open the folder containing the files you want to move.
  2. Open Google Drive.
  3. Drag and drop files onto the Google Drive workspace.

Additionally, installing the Google Drive app on your PC gives you a Google Drive folder in your quick access, which automatically downloads any documents you place there.

How to upload a file to Google Drive from the command line

With Linux devices, things tend to be a bit more complicated. However, if you are a Linux user, you already knew that! In any case, we have found a solution for you:

  1. Run the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol to download a file called gdrive, which allows you to use Google Drive on Linux.
  2. After downloading it, go to your home directory and look for a file named something like: uc?id=0B3X9GlR6EmbnWksyTEtCM0VfaFE – rename it to gdrive
  3. Give it execution rights (chmod +x gdrive)
  4. It should be installed in your USR folder.
  5. Google Drive will ask you to confirm whether you grant permission to access the files. Open any settings tool and run gdrive through it. Take the text he gives you and paste it into your browser. You will receive a response code from Google. Paste the code in SSH. Run the gdrive list command.

You should now be ready to download.

What type of files can I upload to Google Drive?

Google Drive is customized to take a wide variety of files, not just images, text, or audio. There are four general groups of files: general files, Adobe files, Microsoft files, and Apple files. Here is the list of formats divided into four main categories:



General files:

  • Archive files (.ZIP, .RAR, tar, gzip)
  • Formats audio (MP3, MPEG, WAV, .ogg, .opus)
  • Image files (.JPEG, .PNG, .GIF, .BMP, .TIFF, .SVG)
  • Markup/Code (.CSS, .HTML, .PHP, .C, .CPP, .H, .HPP, .JS, .java, .py)
  • Text files (.TXT)
  • Video files (WebM, .MPEG4, .3GPP, .MOV, .AVI, .MPEGPS, .WMV, .FLV, .ogg)

Adobe files:

  • Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)
  • Illustrator (.AI)
  • Photoshop (.PSD)
  • Portable Document Format (.PDF)
  • PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
  • Tagged Image File Format (.TIFF) – ideal with RGB .TIFF images
  • TrueType (.TTF)

Microsoft files:

  • Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
  • PowerPoint (.PPT and .PPTX)
  • Word (.DOC et .DOCX)
  • XML Paper Specification (.XPS)
  • Password Protected Microsoft Office Files

Apple files:

  • Editor files (.key, .numbers)

Manage your Google storage

If you're a busy bee, your Google storage can fill up pretty quickly. In this case, you may not be able to send or receive emails. You have two options: buy more storage or start deleting files


If you opt for the second option, we have what you need.

Usually, what takes up most of our 15GB of free Google Drive storage are large files. Typically, these are the photos and videos automatically downloaded from our phones. If this is your case, there are two ways to solve the problem: either go directly to Google Photos on your device and delete all unnecessary photos and videos. Otherwise, follow these steps on Google Drive:

  1. Click on the "Google Apps" icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Open "Photos" there.
  3. Start deleting (You will notice a storage space line showing occupied space and free space. Keep deleting files until it turns green for your account to work properly.)

Tips and tricks designed to help you improve your user experience

If everything went as planned, you're on your way to easily uploading your documents to Google Drive. Whether you're an iPhone or Android, Windows or Linux user, we hope the information we've provided has helped you improve your experience.

Are you an experienced Google Drive user? Have you used any of the tips presented in the article? Let us know in the comments section below.

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